Fluminense escape gunfight at hotel

16:51, August 22, 2010      

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A bullet hole is seen on the glass of a car outside the Intercontinental Hotel in the Sao Conrado neighborhood of southern Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Aug. 21, 2010. Dozens of hostages taken by armed gangsters at the Intercontinental Hotel Saturday morning were freed, police said. Witnesses said there were about 20 heavily-armed gangsters who stormed the hotel and took dozens of the hotel's staff as hostage after an intense exchange of gunfire with police in the area. Ten suspects were caught, a female suspect was killed and four other people including two policemen were wounded in the incident. Police were still searching the area for other suspects. (Xinhua/Song Weiwei)

Fluminense players had a narrow escape from an intense firefight between heavily armed drug gang members and police on Saturday.

The Fluminense team, who are scheduled to play Vasco da Gama on Sunday, were returning to the Intercontinental Hotel where they stay following a training session when 10 gunmen ran into the luxury hotel and held about 30 people hostage for three hours before surrendering.

One woman was killed, and four bystanders and three policeman were wounded.

Learning of the incident, the Fluminense team quickly changed to another hotel in the nearby neighborhood of Barra de Tijuca.

Fluminense looks to increase their lead in the standings with 32 points. Vasco da Gama currently stands in ninth place and has not lost a game in seven games.

Source: Xinhua


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